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Intel 530 Series 240GB 2.5-Inch Internal Solid State Drive (Reseller Kit) SSDSC2BW240A4K5

by Intel
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List Price: $300.00
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240 GB
Reseller Kit
  • 240GB Storage Capacity
  • SATA Drive Interface
  • Boost your PC to the next level in storage performance and reliability
  • 5 Year Warranty
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Product Details

Capacity: 240 GB | Style Name: Reseller Kit
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 4.3 x 0.9 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00DTPYT78
  • Item model number: SSDSC2BW240A4K5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (316 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 8, 2013

Product Description

Capacity: 240 GB | Style: Reseller Kit

As a high-performance hard drive alternative, Intel Solid-State Drives boost your PC to the next level in storage performance and reliability. Improved PC responsiveness. Breakthrough storage performance. Quality you can trust. Sounds great, now determine which Intel SSD is right for your computing needs.

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Customer Reviews

I'm very happy with it, fast and so far reliable.
Yoav Podemsky
I went with the Intel SSD because I trust Intel's quality and it came with a 5 year warranty.
Brent
On speed, all is super fast (booting up, surfing, printing, and loading programs).
Gregory A. Schneider

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

125 of 140 people found the following review helpful By Al on October 17, 2013
Style Name: Drive OnlySize Name: 180 GB Verified Purchase
UPDATE: Amazon no longer sells this drive at the introductory price. Although the drive has increased in price, it's still an excellent SSD, and it's still extremely competitive on a $ per GB basis.

Intel is now a price leader in the 5-year warranty consumer space. This drive was (at Amazon's introductory price) almost the same price as the Samsung 840 Pro 128GB (before provisioning). Intel was giving 50% more space than the Samsung 840 Pro for nearly the same price. Even with the higher price, it's still a better deal per GB than the Samsung 840 Pro.

I have 5 SSDs on my personal computers. 3 of my 5 SSDs are Intel, my other 2 are Samsung 840 (Pro and non-Pro) drives. I have an Intel 330 120GB and 2 of these new 530 180GB drives. Synthetic benchmarks can show the advantages and disadvantages of all my different drives, but for all practical purposes, I can't tell the difference in my daily use. My backups show a small difference, but since my backups are automated weekly, it doesn't make any difference.

Both Intel and Samsung have excellent software packages.

Reliability and price rule my choices. Since flash drives wear out through the process of programming and erasing cells, and use wear-leveling to make the drives last longer, I did a search for these statistics.

A simple search of the reviews of my various drives shows my SSD's different program/erase (p/e) cycles.
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49 of 60 people found the following review helpful By wrightwinger on October 11, 2013
Style Name: Reseller KitSize Name: 240 GB Verified Purchase
Item COMES WITH 3.5" ADAPTER AND SATAIII cable (but with 180* angled head).
So no need to order an adapter for a desktop.
(No review of actual ssd yet)
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31 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Tan Yao Zong on November 25, 2013
Style Name: Reseller KitSize Name: 240 GB Verified Purchase
I noticed that not many people left reviews about this product and its compatibility with MacBook, so here's what i gathered so far based on my usage! =)

Laptop Model: MacBook Pro 13" (Mid 2012) Non-Retina
OS: Mac OSX 10.9 Mavericks AND Bootcamp Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

About the product:
Item came in a good sturdy box, and was easy to install. But there was no USB to SATA cable, so those of you who prefer installing the OS on the drive before physically mounting it into your MacBook, you may want to consider getting this cable first. For myself, I clean installed the OS 10.9 from a USB thumbdrive after fitting it into the MacBook.

Compatibility with MacBook Pro:
Boot time:6-8s
Shutdown time: 10-12s

I read on another forum that some other MacBook users experienced problems on a warm reboot (ie. the drive doesnt allow them to reboot after its been startup, and can only do a cold reboot), but so far I have not encountered any of such problems, even with both OSX and bootcamp installed.

Since installation (just a day ago), I'm liking every bit of it, especially the significantly faster bootup times, and that applications and processes are much snappier than before (I was previously using the stock Toshiba 500GB mechanical HDD that shipped with the MacBook).

So for those of you who have doubts over its compatibility with MacBook, i'd go as for to say that there certainly isnt any compatibility issues.. However, if optimisation for efficiency and power-saving features etc is your primary focus, I'm not so sure how well this performs just yet.. Certainly, the low price point (as compared to other brands of SSDs) is a heavy consideration that made me purchase this over the others..
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By igen on November 20, 2013
Style Name: Reseller KitSize Name: 240 GB
Intel has a reputation for making reliable SSDs, and their best-in-industry 5-year warranty backs that up. I've used the following SSDs:

Crucial M4 256 GB - laptop boot drive (Windows 7)
Intel 520 Series 240 GB - laptop boot drive (Windows 7)
Samsung 840 PRO 256 GB - tethered via USB to host external VMware VMs
Intel 530 Series 240 GB - laptop boot drive (Windows 8.1)

I replaced the Crucial with the Intel 520 after a month or two because my laptop was crashing, but I now think the crashing was the result of a defective secondary SATA cable in my laptop. Over the course of about a year with the Intel 520, my laptop would occasionally fail to boot with a "No bootable media found" error when I powered it on. Power-cycling the laptop always solved the issue, so I'm not sure if it was a problem with Windows, some quirk related to the SSD, or the laptop itself. For several months now, I've been storing my many VMware VMs on an external Samsung 840 PRO and the VMs run as fast as if I were running the guest OSes natively on my laptop.

So, what about the Intel 530? I haven't done any formal benchmarking, but I can say that, in practical terms, it's just as fast as the Crucial M4 and the Intel 520, if not faster. So far I haven't had the weird temporary "No bootable media found" boot hiccup with the 530, but I'll update my review if it does come up.

Since I haven't used the Samsung 840 PRO as my boot drive, I can't give any direct comparison between that and the Intel 530, although the spec sheets suggest the Samsung is considerably faster.

The SSD is only 7mm thick, but if you buy the retail kit, it contains an adhesive shim to make the SSD fit into a 9mm slot.
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